SCCM – There are no task sequences available for this computer

Another SCCM detective story 🙂

Usually when you see a message [There are no task sequences available for this computer] after you set the IP addresses in the OSD deployment wizard, it means that Computer association was not completed correctly and SCCM is not able to find a server record in its database to map OSD Task Sequence to it. 
In my case association was correct [to make sure that it was I’ve recreated association several times].
Variables [IP address, MAC address] are in place. 
Server was able to communicate with SCCM.
Site Boundaries are in place [IP ranges are configured].

So, it’s time to read the log 🙂 Boot SCCM agent and press F8. Go to X:\Windows\Temp\SMSTSLog and run “notepad smsts.log”. Log was showing that SCCM is able to find the computer, but nothing is advertised to it. Continue reading

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Scheduling Windows server reboot

Usually reboot can not be done during the business hours, and herefore you would like to have an easy way to do that at night. Here is when an old “at.exe” utility comes into play (I know about SCHTASKS.exe but at.exe is way easier to configure). So, here is a simple command:

at.exe 2:00 shutdown.exe -r -f -c "Planned Reboot" -t 10

Interesting thing about at.exe is that utility in the example interprets 2:00 as 2:00AM. It means that if the time when you run this command is later then 2:00AM Today [normally you are sleeping at that time :)] then utility knows that you are talking about Tomorrow.

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Uninstall Oracle Client

When you install limited features of the Oracle Client 11g it does not install uninstaller. So how do you uninstall it if needed?

To solve this you actually have to install on top of existing installation. The trick here is to pick existing directory [for example Client1] during the installation wizard. That will add uninstaller to a preveous limited installation. Then you will be able to run uninstaller and remove Oracle Client records from the system.